I recently came across this poem by Sharon Kunin, referring to the unconditional love given to us by our pets and the bond between us.
like meeting God
Through feather, fur or fluttery thing.
To be judged not by words,
But by the timbre of my voice.
Not by ability
But by the gentleness of my touch.
And not for knowledge,
But by the Light that shines from my eyes.
To be loved
For the nature of my heart.
I love the idea that animals judge us by our voices, our touch and the light from our eyes. That is something we as humans should learn from animals. There is too much judgement based on less important things. We all do it - we even do it to ourselves, not thinking ourselves clever enough, or beautiful enough, or good enough. Instead, lets focus on how we speak, how we touch, how we look at people and the light and love that comes from us.